RAIN: It’s raining in Cape Town. And while all the helicopter buckets in the world (which obviously aren’t in Cape Town anyway) are great, the clouds can do a much better job on the ongoing fire. Still, it’s just rain. And while it’s very welcome news: it’s actually quite a lot later than we would have liked.
Maybe He has been busy since Sunday. Mysterious ways and all that.
The irony in thanking a higher being for the rain but not blaming the same deity for the fire.
— Jonathan Witt (@Jonathan_Witt) March 4, 2015
Hang on, he’s got that wrong, hasn’t he?
@Jonathan_Witt Satan makes fire you idiot. You’ll learn this when you go to hell!
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 4, 2015
Yep. Thought so.
But it’s obviously thanks to some people’s hard praying that we’re all saved. Or something.
cant even look at facebook right now. filled with prayers and ppl who believe they made it rain. bring back the baby pics. all is forgiven. — ani (@anib) March 4, 2015
Anyway, while the wet stuff falls over the greater Cape Town area, it still only came down as “a passing shower” over some of the affected areas. So we’re definitely not out of what’s left of the woods yet.
BOTANY: In other news, here’s a great post on why what has happened, happens:
The burning of fynbos vegetation is an inevitability. It is sad that people are negatively affected but it is far from sad that the veld itself is burning. This vegetation type has been subjected to fire for millennia and the optimum fire interval is every 10-14 years. Fire is a keystone process without which many plants in the fynbos would not be able to regenerate, produce offspring or reproduce. Fynbos plants are either resprouters or reseeders: Either they can resprout after a fire has passed through or they produce seeds that are adapted to survive fire and require heat from the fire and chemical compounds from the smoke to germinate.
I’d urge you to go and read that whole post. Really interesting stuff, well-written and well-aimed at us lay-botanists.
MAP: Here’s a thing where you can see how big the fire area would be, were it to be dropped on your locality. It’s set at 3000 hectares as I write, although that was the area affected on Monday morning – I’ve watched it move much further since then. But it does give some idea.
PHOTO: Finally, still my favourite photo of this whole thing (and there have been a lot of photos of this whole thing):
I don’t know who took it or where it’s taken, but it just indicates the scale of the task that the local firefighters have been up against.